Domestic Sugar Program-2022-Crop Overall Sugar Marketing Allotment, Cane Sugar and Beet Sugar Marketing Allotments and Company Allocations
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this notice to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2022 overall sugar marketing allotment quantity (OAQ), State cane sugar allotments, and revise company allocations to sugar beet and sugar cane processors, which apply to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.
Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage Payment; Conservation Reserve Program; Dairy Indemnity Payment Program; Marketing Assistance Loans, Loan Deficiency Payments, and Sugar Loans; and Oriental Fruit Fly Program
This rule amends the regulations for Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) to allow supplemental DMC payments to participating eligible dairy operations. DMC provides dairy producers with risk management coverage that pays producers when the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed (the margin) falls below a certain level. Eligible dairy operations with less than 5 million pounds of established production history may enroll supplemental pounds based upon a formula using 2019 actual milk marketings. Supplemental DMC coverage is applicable to calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023. Participating dairy operations with supplemental production may receive supplemental payments in addition to payments based on their established production history. In addition, the rule amends the alfalfa hay calculation used in determining the average feed cost and actual dairy production margin. To end prolonged months of milk indemnity payments, the rule amends the regulations for Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP) to indemnify affected farmers for depopulating and permanently removing cows after discovery of chemical residues affecting the commercial marketing of milk for the applicable farm and likely affecting the marketability of cows for a lengthy duration. The rule also implements a new Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Program as authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. In addition, the rule updates the existing Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) loan rates to be consistent with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill); the loan rates were already changed administratively because the loan rate changes were self-enacting. This rule also amends the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) regulations to remove two discretionary requirements.
Grant Agreements for the Development of Foreign Markets for U.S. Agricultural Commodities
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised and renumbered certain provisions in its regulation establishing uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities. This final rule amends the USDA regulations on Grant Agreements for the Development of Foreign Markets for U.S. Agricultural Commodities (``MAP regulation'') to make technical corrections to reflect the revised OMB regulations. This final rule also makes several minor changes to the MAP regulation to modify the timing of the evaluation provision, add one additional exemption for a USA Pavilion waiver request, clarify the market representation in the contracting procedures provision, and add certain flexibilities to the origin statement and sample shipment requirements.
Programs To Help Develop Foreign Markets for Agricultural Commodities
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised and renumbered certain provisions in its regulation establishing uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities. This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) regulations on Programs to Help Develop Foreign Markets for Agricultural Commodities (``FMD regulation'') to make technical corrections to reflect the revised OMB regulations. This final rule also makes three minor changes to the FMD regulation: To modify the timing of the evaluation provision; to add one additional exemption for a USA Pavilion waiver request; and to add certain flexibilities to the sample shipment requirements.
Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Agriculture Pima Trust) and Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund (Agriculture Wool Trust)
This final rule amends the USDA regulations on the Agriculture Pima Trust and Agriculture Wool Trust to make technical corrections to update outdated dates and references and to clarify the eligibility and manner in which payments will be calculated under the programs.